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Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES


What has Corinna's column of Fortean bird news got to do with cryptozoology? 

Well, everything, actually! 

In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that whereas the study of out-of-place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot or lake monsters, it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean zoologist to be interested in.

Galapagos study finds that new species can develop...

CFZ MONTHLY NEWSLETTER #26

Dear Friends,

For those of you not in the know, at the beginning of each month we send out a newsletter to all members of the CFZ. The most recent (which went out earlier this afternoon) included articles on OTT, the Loughboro "monster", feral guinea pigs in Yorkshire, a rat with webbed feet, Patreon, a new book on vampires, Notes and Queries etc.

The infrastructure of the Centre for Fortean Zoology has changed rapidly over the last few years and truthfully doesn’t look like its going to stop changing anytime soon.

The newsletter costs a quid a month (or the equivalent in your currency) and is delivered straight into your inbox by a plethora of tiny invisible elves, or email if your prefer it that way. You can sign up for it here: http://tinyurl.com/jtsq7ew

If you want to view a sample issue click here: http://tinyurl.com/pw7rw9l

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN ISN'T

The Gonzo Daily: Thursday
 
The Yeti/Bear controversy trundles on. Today our friend and colleague Lars Thomas was quoted in the Copenhagen Post. I think that it is noteworthy that Lars and I - independently of each other,and with no collusion - said pretty much exactly the same thing. This is not a sign of the existence of the CFZ Thought Police. Merely an exercise of scientific logic by us both. For the record, Loren Coleman also said the same as us, and I shall be interviewing him next week for the next episode of OTT.
 
Forgive me for always banging on about our webTV show, but it matters a lot to me, and I would be grateful for as many people as possible to see it, and spread the tidings of it far and wide:
 
 
And if you fancy supporting us on Patreon:
 
But for now, here is the news:
 
THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
LEONARD COHEN NEWS
RICK WAKEMAN REVIEW
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Marlene Dietrich - Lil...
YES feat. ARW
 
Gonzo Weekly #262
THE AUDIO GENERATOR SUPERSTAR ISSUE
 
We say goodbye to classic Hawkwind alumnus Dikmik with an all-star cast contributing to his send off, John goes to see Caravan, Alan goes into the world of Urban Exploration, Nick talks about The Professionals and Jon muses disturbingly on Charles Manson.
 
Hail Eris!
 
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney AND Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive is having a week off. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and long nosed potoroos who have done lots of poos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have been at the laxatives, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
 
This issue features:
 
harles Manson, David Cassidy, Sir Peter Blake, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Procul Harum, Dave Kerzner, Merrell Fankhauser, Richard Muirhead, Big Country, Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Warren "Pete" Moore, Lonnie Melvin Tillis, Benjamin Alexander Riley Jr., Bonnie Flower, Gustav Åhr (Lil Peep), Rodney Bewes, Malcolm Mitchell Young, Barbara Dickson, Jessice Lee Morgan, Rick Wakeman, Billion Dollar Babies, Tangerine Dream, Graham Inglis, Ian Abrahams, Brian Tawn, Michael "DikMik" Davies,  Alan Dearling, Urban Solo, John Brodie-Good, Caravan, Nick Redfern, The Professionals, Kev Rowland,  Voodoma, World Trade, Alazka, Ancient Vvisdom, Belphegor, Bionatops, Black Paisley, Blindfolded and Led to the Woods, Hawkwind, Rolling Stones, Pete Townshend, Pink Floyd
 
Issue 261 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 260 (Amsterdam Squat Festie)
Issue 259 (Out come thee Freaks)
Issue 258 (The Devil's Jukebox)
Issue 257 (Judge Smith)
Issue 255/6 (John Lennon)
Issue 254 (Mr Biffo)
Issue 253 (Dana Gillespie)
Issue 252 (Cropredy)
Issue 251 (Scott Walker)
Issue 250 (Jamms)
Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
Issue 248 (The Selecter)
Issue 247 (Don Airey)
Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
 
 
All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
 
You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:
 
SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.
 
* The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...
 
* The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk
 
* We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!
 
* Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 58 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two half grown kittens, one totally coincidentally named after one of the Manson Family, purely because she squeaks, puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?

THE YETI/BEAR CONTROVERSY: Now Lars speaks


Lars Thomas, a specialist in mythical creatures attached to the Centre for Fortean Zoology in England, welcomes the new research but cautioned: “Even though [the new study] weakens the whole Yeti myth to a certain extent, it does not prove conclusively that the Yeti doesn't exist. It only shows that the ...

BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF



There is a category of fiction found on Amazon that is driven by erotic fantasies about Bigfoot. Beast Me: Taken in the Jungle, Moan with Bigfoot, Broken In by Bigfoot, 50 Shades of Furry . . . It's not the kind of stuff that wins prizes. Ah, but take that impulse, bring in an Oscar-caliber director working with a ...

She said Roberts saw that the north channel of the Platte River was near where she saw the Bigfoot. Mcfeely said she's always known Bigfoot to travel along the rivers. She said she's never seen a Bigfoot in Nebraska, but she has friends that have seen them near Grand Island, Bellevue, Lincoln and ...


THYLACINES IN THE NEWS




The item sold for $10,000 but there was no such luck for a second Thylacine trap, which was once used at Rocky Cape, which came in under reserve.

NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Thursday

ON THIS DAY IN - 1700 - 8,000 Swedish troops under King Charles XII defeated an army of at least 50,000 Russians at the Battle of Narva. King Charles XII died on this day. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Recovery of West Coast marine mammals boosts consu...
  • Maharashtra records most snake bite cases in India...
  • Bonobos help strangers without being asked
  • The North Atlantic right whale faces extinction
  • Ancient lizardlike creature bridged gap between la...


  • AND TO WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK... (Music that may have some relevance to items also on this page, or may just reflect my mood on the day).